Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas les Terres Brulees 2009
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Hailed as the winemaking wizard of the Rhône, Jean-Luc Colombo has achieved a high-profile international reputation for making innovative wines that are original, memorable and bursting with personality. Despite a resolute aversion to change in the Cornas region, Colombo has brazenly introduced innovative methods in his vineyards and throughout the production process based on a respect for nature and his fundamental belief that good wine is the culmination of three key elements: terroir, human endeavor and modern winemaking techniques. The result? A more accessible style of Rhône Valley wines, reflecting an exuberance of fruit and depth of expression and showcasing the full potential of the Syrah grape when grown in the unique terroir of Cornas. Through his intense dedication, Colombo has brought the wines of Cornas into the international limelight. The company now embraces wines representing major appellations of the Rhône Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France. Production Area Rhone Valley, France Vines average 20-years of age on the steep granite slopes of the Rhône Valley’s right bank at altitudes between 820 – 1,100 ft. All work in the vineyards is done manually and without the use of pesticides or irrigation, respecting the local environment. Grape Varieties 100% Syrah Vinification Grapes are hand-harvested and de-stemmed. Fermentation takes places in stainless steel tanks for a period of 10 days at an average temperature of 68°F. Post fermentation maceration lasts a period of 14 days at a temperature of 84°F. The wine is then aged for 20 months in oak barrels (1/3 new, 1/3 one year, 1/3 2-year-old barrels). When ready for bottling, the wine is fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered. Color A deep ruby-black with violet hints Bouquet Spicy aromas with scents of roasted coffee beans, blackcurrant, red fruits, and licorice Taste A full-bodied and rich wine with lovely notes of spice, minerals, focused black raspberry and cassis. Alcohol 13.7% Serving Suggestions Excellent with game, beef, lamb, barbecue foods, roasted pork and a variety of other hearty dishes.
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Color: Deep red, almost inky colour. Nose: Aromas of red fruit mixed with those of blackberries, and spices take on a hint of tabacco and liquorice. Palate: On the palate, the spicy side comes through showing its richness and concentration. Persistent aromas of red fruit and liquorice add an elegance to the structure built upon fine tannins.
Aged 18 months in French Oak.
Notes: The wine is matured for 18 months in one year old barrels.